New Cabaret & Jazz Series @the Atlas
From the Atlas:
For Immediate Release: For More Information Contact:
Barbara Timko - 202.265.8001
Jonathan G. Willen and Associates
(Washington DC) - Jonathan G. Willen and Associates is pleased to announce the creation and opening of INDIGO, Cabaret and Jazz Performance at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Beginning October 19, 2007 and running Friday and Saturday evenings, INDIGO will present local and national cabaret and jazz performers in a traditional cabaret set-up.
Continuing to build on the wide variety of arts and entertainment presented at the Atlas, Willen hopes that INDIGO will become the new home for many of the local cabaret artists and jazz musicians that do not have a regular performance space in the D.C. area. As a national event planner and theatrical producer, Willen plans to bring together all of the elements from both worlds to create evenings of enjoyable music in an atmosphere that is casual and relaxed yet sophisticated in style and presentation. Guests will sit at cocktail tables and have access to a wide range of beverages and light snack options.
Indigo’s opening will be Friday, October 19 and will feature cabaret diva Beverly Cosham. As a singer, Beverly has performed her cabaret act at nightspots from Los Angeles to New York via San Antonio, TX, and New Haven, CT, as well as Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center, the National Theater, the Omni Shoreham, the Henley Park Hotel, The World Bank, the Lyceum and the Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C. She has twice been a guest artist with the Navy Commodores and has recorded with them. Beverly has appeared with such jazz luminaries as Clark Terry, Mose Allison, and the Heath Brothers.
“Cosham is a rare find, even a phenomenon. Possessed with a voice that is probably one of the best natural instruments that we have heard, Beverly Cosham is thrilling. She brings so much meaning to a lyric.” – Leigh Spear, Talk of L.A.
On Saturday, October 20, INDIGO welcomes Rory Stitt to the stage. Mr. Stitt has created a genre unto itself aptly described as "theatre-pop." From classical roots springs pop music with long melodies a la Rufus Wainwright, poetic license a la Tori Amos and androgynous soul a la David Bowie and Annie Lennox.
Rory's songs reveal the thoughts beneath the talk, the unspoken dialogues between loved ones, strangers and selves. From Broadway to Rachmaninoff, saloon piano to Victorian salons - his music sets inner life on a stage.
His musical work is an exposed exploration of the relationship between a songwriter and his instrument. Direct and confrontational, supple and sensitive, Rory explores the inner life of dreams, identity, sex, love and death. Poignant, personal and pure, listeners can recognize their own midnight thoughts coming through Rory and the piano.
When not touring and performing his music, Rory works extensively with nationally recognized Perseverance Theatre as composer, music director, and actor - with roles ranging from Dr. Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, to Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, to Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Currently, he is working with the writers of Broadway's Tony award winning Urinetown as Orchestra and Music Director of their new musical Yeast Nation – which premieres this October.
Rory was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska, and has been seducing crowds in Alaska and the Northwest for years. He is currently bringing his musical vision to an ever-expanding audience. Regular U.S. tours are bringing him increasing notoriety in major cities on both coasts.
INDIGO is located at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE Washington, D.C. 20002 www.atlasarts.org. Tickets for all performances are $22.50 and can be purchased by calling the Atlas box office at 202-399-7993. Two drink minimum for all guests.